God Got a Dog (Hardcover)
Dagny's November 2013 Staff Pick: No matter your religion or if you even believe in god, this book is worth a read. Through the eyes of God, we get a better look at ourselves and our basic human emotions. Lest you think this book too serious, take the vignette ‘God wrote a fan letter,’ or ‘God went to beauty school.’ This book will have you laughing and pondering the simple beauty of birds singing, why we take desk jobs and the great importance of taking a break from life.— From Dagny's Staff Picks
Newbery Medalist Cynthia Rylant and two-time Caldecott Honoree Marla Frazee imagine a God living among us in this spirited and moving collection of illustrated poems. What if God was living a human existence? What might God do to pass the time? Write a fan letter? Get a desk job? Make spaghetti? Take a bath? Get a dog? A sublime book for all ages, God Got a Dog celebrates the simple things in our world while taking a long, close look at what it means to be human. The soft, reflective, and often humorous words and pictures create a glimpse into everyday life through wide and wondering eyes that blends the familiar with the profoundly spiritual. These poems were originally published by HarperCollins without illustrations as part of a larger collection entitled God Went to Beauty School (c)2003.
* “Several of the poems from Rylant’s wry meditation God Went to Beauty School (2003) are regathered, rearranged and luminously illustrated by Frazee…. Frazee’s illustrations take the idea of the multiplicity of God in all of us and run with it…. Divinity is indicated with a faint halo, but Frazee never sacrifices the ineffable humanity of each depiction; her Gods are fat, skinny, joyful, contemplative, worn-out…. Funny, devout and oh, so human; this collection hits home.”